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Felix extends Olympic mark to 11 medals as stellar USA team take 4x400m relay

Felix extends Olympic mark to 11 medals as stellar USA team take 4x400m relay

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's 4 x 400m Relay - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 7, 2021. Sydney McLaughlin of the United States, Allyson Felix of the United States, Dalilah Muhammad of the United States and Athing Mu of the United States hold the flag of the United States and celebrate after winning gold REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

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USA rules the women's 4x400m relay for the seventh straight Olympics to give Allyson Felix her 11th medal in the Games

The United States powered to its seventh successive victory in the women’s 4x400m relay on Saturday, August 7, as Allyson Felix won gold in the event for the fourth time to extend her Olympic medal haul to a remarkable 11.

Poland continued its impressive relay run in Tokyo, having won the inaugural 4×400 mixed race, with an excellent silver while Jamaica, who had won silver three times in a row, had to settle for bronze.

The United States could probably have fielded three teams and swept the podium such is its strength over the distance but its “first team” was dripping with quality.

Alongside Felix, USA went for Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad, first and second in the 400m hurdles and both inside the old world record, and Mu Athing, winner of the 800 meters.

As expected, it was an unstoppable combination as their time of 3:16.85 brought them home almost four seconds ahead of the Poles, whose 3:20.53 was a national record.

Felix’s bronze in the 400m on Friday made her the most decorated woman in track and field history and this gold in her fifth Olympics took her tally to 11.

That moved her one ahead of Carl Lewis as the top American in total medals and one behind Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi from the 1920s as the all-time track and field leader. –